Blind Guardian and Gloryhammer live review – London, Forum

Power metal veterans Blind Guardian thrill a new generation live at London's Forum

Blind Guardian band, live at London Forum

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The Forum’s rafters are packed with a new generation of power metal supporters, and tonight you wouldn’t know if they’re here to see Metallica or a band obsessed with Lord Of The Rings.

First up are GLORYHAMMER [7], featuring Alestorm keyboardist Christopher Bowes, whose conceptual centrepiece revolves around a millennium-spanning story of warriors and wizards. With some ridiculous banter and beer chugging they’re full-on fun with some massively catchy tunes to boot.

It’s been yonks since BLIND GUARDIAN [8] played a proper tour in the UK and the fans are ravenous to hear them live. Despite the Forum’s crappy sound, these power metal veterans pull off their odes to times gone by with aplomb, combining some of the nerdiest songs you can imagine with a big-production sound to rival Judas Priest and Queen. They play for over two hours; the sound of hundreds of fans losing themselves in the “Somebody’s out there” cannon on The Last Candle encapsulates the band’s obsession-like following that they’ve built up since 1984. The new songs from Beyond The Red Mirror sit well with the oldies while Into The Storm is a blizzard of riffs that welcomes a triumphant encore.

Holly Wright

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.